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representative sample

A sample resulting from a sampling plan that can be expected to adequately reflect the properties of interest of the parent population. A representative sample may be a random sample or, for example, a stratified sample, depending upon the objective of sampling and the characteristics of the population. The degree of representativeness of the sample may be limited by cost or convenience.
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PAC, 1990, 62, 1193 (Nomenclature for sampling in analytical chemistry (Recommendations 1990)) on page 1202
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
Last update: 2014-02-24; version: 2.3.3.
DOI of this term: doi:10.1351/goldbook.R05303.
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